Singer Damien Dempsey becomes ambassador for Coolmine
The internationally renowned singer, Damien Dempsey, has announced that he has become an ambassador for the Coolmine Therapeutic Community in Dublin.
Damien said that the great work carried out by the staff and volunteers at Coolmine had helped thousands of people, with drug and alcohol addiction, to find their way out of these addictions and get back into society.
“Having visit the community and performed at some of their graduation events, I have witnessed the emotion and the sense of achievement of those who complete the therapy. I want people to know that there is help available for those struggling with drugs.
“As ambassador for this great community, I hope I can encourage those fighting their addictions to seek out the help offered by Coolmine. I am honoured to have met such brave people who have come through the therapy and got their lives back,” Damien said.
Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien Dempsey has been has been attracting huge audiences to his concerts across the world and his spiritual and soulful music continues to be in demand. more
We recently held our second graduation in the stunning venue of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Thanks to everyone for making the night magnificent. Well done to the graduates and their families. As Damien put it, "Some powerful emotions were shared". He followed the graduation with a wonderful selection of songs and coerced Paul Hatton to perform too, never speechless even after his award for being invaluable and instrumental within Coolmine for the last 30 years. The night concluded with Damien "We grow strong", and together, tonight, we showed....we do.
Today we launched our 2013 Annual Review in Coolmine House, Lord Edward Street.
We helped over 1,000 clients with their addiction problems in 2013, and are calling on all stakeholders to refine the treatment for women and an increase in adequate housing options for those finishing treatment. 63% of the women worked with in Coolmine Ashleigh House, the only mother and childcare facility in Ireland, representing 24 children, were homeless or inadequately housed after completing their residential treatment in 2013. Findings from our longitudinal study further highlight that 23% of all clients were in acute housing need at 24 month follow up period with many families struggling to look after young children and babies in poor accommodation. This is a cause of great concern for Coolmine into the future, given the current Irish housing crisis; we can predict increased levels of homelessness and relapse. Download our 2013 Annual Review.
Minister Visits the Coolmine créche
Two of the children in the créche are joined by Minister White in a painting class while the mothers are undergoing group therapy or attending stepdown and day programmes. The créche provides a safe enviroment and is the only facility of it's kind in Ireland which provides care for the children of mothers attending addiction services. It also provides facilities to clients who have progressed to CE schemes so they can return to work with a nominal outlay for child care fees. Coolmine would love to enable more clients in this way but state funding reductions are making this goal more difficult to achieve. if you want to help why not become a Friend of Coolmine or go to the fundraise section.
Our Thanks to the Minister, the mothers and the children for making this day a happy one.
Coolmine celebrated the achievement of 25 more people who have joined the many graduates from our programme over the last 40 years. It was a great night and we would like to thank the Draoicht for the facilities, all the families, friends, volunteers, and staff who made the night special. The entertainment after the graduation was a brief excerpt by the Coolmine drama group from their interpretation of Romeo and Juliet followed by Eoin Coughlan & Paddy Casey.
A special thank you to Eoin and Paddy for a superb set and fantastic finish to the evening.
Coolmine Therapeutic Community
The therapeutic community model is a treatment and rehabilitation approach where clients live in small structured drug-free communities. The goal is to encourage psychological and lifestyle changes to enable people to maintain a drug-free existence. The treatment approach is based on peer support, and participants are expected to contribute to the general running of the community, and to their own recovery, by actively participating in educational activities and in group and individual therapy.
Therapeutic Communities (TC) are designed to foster change and positive growth in their clients, emphasising group work and the taking of personal responsibility within a highly structured environment.
The focus is on offering a holistic approach to dealing with addiction which means that in addition to dealing with the person in recovery, support is also provided for their friends and family thereby creating a strong social network to help them succeed. Coolmine is the oldest therapeutic community in Ireland, 2013 will see Coolmine achieve 40 years providing services that help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction throughout Ireland.
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